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Regimental number3042
Place of birthYoung New South Wales
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationFarm hand
AddressYoung, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Next of kinFather, M E Fitzgerald, Chilling Works, Young, New South Wales
Enlistment date5 August 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name13th Battalion, 10th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/30/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A70 Ballarat on 6 September 1915
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll4th Pioneer Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Mention in Despatches

Awarded, and promulgated, 'London Gazette' No. 31448 (11 July 1919); 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 124 (30 October 1919).

FateEffective abroad (still overseas)

Military Medal

'On the afternoon of June 10th 1917 in front of MESSINES he accompanied his Officer to reconnoitre OCCULIST ROW. To do so they had to advance across the open under heavy machine gun fire and sniping. The Officer was wounded and having fixed him up Sergeant Fitzgerald went on and completed the reconnaissance. He brought back very useful information, and later guided his Company on to the work under cover of darkness. He showed great courage throughout the operations.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 219
Date: 20 December 1917

Other detailsMedals: Militry Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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